THE REPLICA RAID II production wrap

THE REPLICA RAID II wrapped principle photography on Saturday, July 7th. We were lucky to have the same overcast weather as the first day of shooting on May 20th, so the continuity of the film should remain in act, despite production being a month and a half apart. I don’t recommend approaching filmmaking that way, but when you are working with a limited budget and crew,  sometimes you must succumb to strict scheduling. We redid some minor car sequences, and then the fun stuff we didn’t get to try last time: playing with colored photography smoke, and handbrake sliding a car into a cul-de-sac. Over and over again. For both.

The short is currently in post, where it is being edited by Madeleine Richardson, also the 1st AD on set. THE REPLICA RAID II is a sequel to my experimental short film THE REPLICA RAID which was filmed in fall 2016, and released in spring 2017, and in itself, a project that I reworked from a concept I first attempted in college.

Check out the screenshots below for a preview of what we captured on July 7th, and follow @Artificial.Ink.Creative on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes.

12th Level Intellects: June & July ’18

The 12th Level Intellects– a biweekly geeky podcast hosted by James Strecker and myself– released five more episodes in June and July 2018, so you could say that it has been a busy summer! We reviewed recent theatrical films like DEADPOOL 2 and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, and the trailers for AQUAMAN and SHAZAM! which were unveiled at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego, California. 

Per the podcast’s usual DCAU slant, we also analyzed the cartoons’ influence on modern comics and films, discussed fan theories for BATMAN BEYOND, and interviewed Matthew Valencia, voice actor of the second Robin, Tim Drake, from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Check it all out at the embedded videos below, or stream on iTunes. As always, the podcast is hosted by the Watchtower Database.

COMPASSION part 1 production

COMPASSION is a short film anthology in three parts, written and directed by Jeff Corpening, and produced by Corpening Media. Betsy Cardwell and myself joined Jeff as Producers, and have been diligently working to produce this anthology over the last six months. Part 1 entered and wrapped production on Saturday, June 23rd where we filmed in Asheville, North Carolina.

On set today with an amazing crew! #compassionmovie #avlfilm #ncfilm

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The day was hot and long, but we successfully captured everything we needed. We had an excellent crew, including the lead actor Victor Hough, Madeleine (1st AD), David Craig (DP), Sam Schumate (1st AC), Brittany Jackson (2nd AC), Robert Gowan (Sound Recordist), Kira Bursky (VFX Supervisor), Sam Zeilender (PA), Askar McMahon (PA), Sophie Berry (BTS photographer), and our gravel transportation team of Jonah Goldwag, Phil Koch, Daniel Ballard, and Mark Sundara.

An amazing day yesterday on our #compassionmovie here in #asheville – so much talent!

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COMPASSION Part 1: “Knowledge” is now in post-production. Part 2: “Empathy” and Part 3: “Action” are both next on the slate, and will be produced over the upcoming year.

Dip into the ARTIFICIAL INK

Artificial Ink Creative, LLC is a limited liability company for creative services, specializing in the development and production of trans-media entertainment and intellectual properties, as well as an ever-evolving, experimental project hub to track the visionary endeavors of Asheville, NC based storyteller Ted Kendrick.

Artificial works are produced by people, rather than occurring organically in nature. When breaking away from blueprints, mankind acts as little gods; sometimes in the collaborative spirit of the Greek Pantheon, else-when in the efforts of Artifice, where the fabric of reality can warp in the act of sublime craft. Never strictly Official, always Art, or better; Artificial.

Ink is the liquid used to flow ideas to fruition through writing, drawing, and printing, as well as the verb that solidifies a business contract, and the abbreviation for Incorporated. Artificial Ink Creative merges the worlds of Ink and Inc., and creates Something out of Nothing with digital content from a quality Quill, whether that pen is formed by feather, porcupine, or toothpick.

Ted Kendrick has served as a Creative Executive at Social Construct Films, Marketing Coordinator for Cat Fly Film Festival, and Marketing Director for Escapist Comix. He was an Associate Producer on feature film THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE, and Producer on short film GOOD HAIR with Coki Productions. He contributes to the Watchtower Database as a host on the 12th Level Intellects podcast, and writer on webcomic LEGACIES of the DC Animated Universe. Ted holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Contact for questions, comments, or services: artificial.ink.creative@gmail.com

THE REPLICA RAID II // production

THE REPLICA RAID II short film went into production on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, and everything was going on schedule until the infamous WNC summer rain interrupted the afternoon. Despite the setback, the sequel to my 2017 experimental project THE REPLICA RAID took some big steps towards actualization. We have a second day of production set for July where we will create the final elements.

The day would not have been a success without my excellent crew, particularly Thomas Goddard (Dir. of Photography), Cat Wityk (Line Producer), Madeleine Richardson (1st AD), Brittany Jackson (1st AC), Braethun Bharathae-Lane (Sound), Ethan Saut (Stunt Driver), Haley Martin (Location Manager), Betsabe Fregoso Lee and Joey Lee with Peak of the Mountain Productions (Drone Operators), and Production Assistants: Daniel Ballard, Erich Reinhard, and Garin Wilson of Wilson’s Productions who captured the amazing behind-the-scenes photos below.

Be on the lookout for more about THE REPLICA RAID II over the next few months, and you never know…maybe we’ll see THE REPLICA RAID III sometime in 2019.

(+5) Trivia Tuesdays

In the latest batch of Trivia Tuesday videos hosted by the Watchtower Database, I provide narration and reveal a few more facts about little known topics within the DC Animated Universe. The goal is to transition between episodes with the next subject loosely connected to the previous. Research is provided by James Strecker.

These episodes look at voice actors who worked on both BATMAN and SUPERMAN animation, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.’s character career, Zorro’s inspiration for DC’s western hero El Diablo, who had a namesake in the SUICIDE SQUAD feature film but not the censored group in JLU, and a list of SUPER-FRIENDS nods in the DCAU.

12th Level Intellects: April & May ’18

James Strecker and I finally started reading the same monthly comic book series, so we can chat about them on the 12th Level Intellects podcast. We have enjoyed discussing METAL, written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, the now classic team behind BATMAN comics over the last 5 years (starting in The New initiative with the acclimated “Court of Owls” storyline). METAL isn’t for the casual comics fan, but with many fun cameos by obscure characters, and easter eggs on a cosmic CRISIS Multiversal scale, the series is a joy for anyone familiar with such stuff. No, the thumbnail image is not a Batman Joker, but in fact a Joker Batman.

Steven Spielberg recently announced he will be directing a film about the Golden Age hero BLACKHAWK in a new DC Universe feature. The Blackhawks were a squadron of fighter pilots during World War II. This is not the first time Spielberg has attempted a film based on this character. An attempt in the 1980s with Dan Aykroyd eventually became the comedy classic 1941. In the world of animation, James Strecker and I review the latest DC animated movie SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY, written by Alan Burnett, who we interviewed in a previous episode.

Of course we saw the new AVENGERS movie and had to talk about it. I thought it was everything you’d want in a comic book crossover event, now in a film format. Josh Brolin’s Thanos was a captivating villain, and the visual effects were not nearly as disorienting as last year’s JUSTICE LEAGUE with its poorly rendered villain Steppenwolf. Sure, we’ve seen SPIDER-MAN and IRONMAN in movies about a half dozen times now, but we’ve never seen them like this, pushed to the limits of their abilities, joined by all their Avenging allies. James and I also answer a questions pertaining to BATMAN BEYOND, and how Terry McGinnis’ Batman operates differently from the original Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne. Also TOY STORY puns.

BATMAN NINJA was hilarious. Truly a train wreck, but what I will recall as a fascinating chapter in the history of the Dark Knight. Almost no other character in comics is as adaptable for storytelling possibilities than Batman, so maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised to see a Voltron robot constructed of Joker, Harley, Penguin, and other Gotham villains fighting off against a golden monkey mecha fused with psychic bats. It makes a little more sense in the movie, but not really.

STEAMPUNK EDDIE character profile

STEAMPUNK EDDIE is coming to life! The upcoming time travel / adventure comic book series for an all-ages audience is co-written by myself and Jarrett Rutland, who is also on art. Check out the character profile for Eddie, the main character of the book. You will note his watch-making skills, thirst for Grape Pow, and trusty (not handy dandy) notebook, where Eddie tracks ideas both good and bad.

Although the profile notes Eddie’s hat has his favorite gear design, the emblem isn’t conveyed in this artwork, though the gear logo can be seen in the background of Oscar the dog’s character profile, which I will share as soon as it’s released publicly online by Escapist Comix. A few designs are available via Patreon for subscribers.

The star of the forthcoming STEAMPUNK EDDIE, ages 7 & up

Posted by Escapist Comix on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

THE REPLICA RAID II // pre-production

I am currently in pre-production on my first sequel film. When all is said and done, THE REPLICA RAID II short will be written, directed, and produced by yours truly. If you recall the first installment, THE REPLICA RAID involves an art thief wrapped up in a time loop situation. The shorts serve as filmmaking experiments, especially with their lack of diegetic sound, all created artificially through foley recording.

Jeff Alexander will be reprising his role as the prime thief. My crew will consist of Thomas Goddard as Director of Photography, with additional cinematography by Joey Lee and Betsabe Fregoso Lee. Madeleine Richardson will serve as Editor, Daniel Henry with the stunt car and body double, Braethun Bharathae-Lane as boom op, and an original soundtrack composed by Robert Gowan of Wasted Wine.

cul-de-sac of nothin’ #culdesac #deadend #nowhere #tiremarks #thereplicaraid

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I have found a beautiful, dead end cul-de-sac as a shooting location in Candler, NC. Production is set for Sunday, May 20th, with post-production over the summer.

STEAMPUNK EDDIE cover reveal

Escapist Comix unveiled the cover to the STEAMPUNK EDDIE comic series that I’m co-writing with Jarrett Rutland, who is also on art duties. We’ve been developing this book for a little over a year now while Jarrett was deep in the creation of his ROBOT SAMURAI PENGUINS series. STEAMPUNK EDDIE will run for an initial 5 issues with further story possibilities down the road if the readers are there.

On the cover, you will notice Eddie and his dog Oscar, front and foremost, with a tire garden bed and water-tower in the background, as well as the blue streak of what might be a comet. You’ll have to read the issue to find out what it is for sure. The cover art is framed by two lampposts on the sides, one light on and the other off, as well as traffic lights below bracketing the credits, one on go and the other on stop. The Escapist Comix logo of a key can be seen in the bottom right corner.

Cover art for forthcoming STEAMPUNK EDDIE, new from Escapist ⚙🏭⏱🗝

Posted by Escapist Comix on Sunday, April 22, 2018